High School Equivalency (HSE/GED)

Adult Basic Education classes are currently delivered online. Please complete our form to sign up for classes and we will contact you with details. Call 847-214-6904 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) or email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu and we can help you.

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Elgin Community College is a community partner and offers high school equivalency (HSE/GED®) preparatory classes, ESL classes and transition services for community members. Many of our students also take advantage of ECC’s workforce development services.

ABE & ASE Class Offerings


  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes: Instruction in reading, math, writing and computers and focus on improving basic skills. 
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes: Cover secondary level skills in the same areas, as well as science and social studies, including the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.

Pre-Registration Testing

Before you can get started with classes to complete high school equivalency (HSE) in Illinois, you’ll take the HiSET® high school equivalency placement test; an assessment of academic skills, to help determine appropriate placement and success in classes. The HiSET® test is paper-based and administered on most Mondays at Elgin Community College. Learn more about the HiSET® HSE placement test

All ABE/ASE classes are free of charge. Students attending ECC on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program. You cannot be currently enrolled in high school to ABE classes.

Online Registration


Sign-up for classes using our online form and we will contact you to complete the process.

Email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904 for more information.

How to register

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Stevens Amendment
Approximately $612,638 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

High School Equivalency (GED®) Test Prep

High School Equivalency (GED®) Test Prep

Learn about our High School Equivalency (GED) program. These free classes help students prepare for test success. Learn about the program, scheduling, and how to sign up for classes.

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